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OSNews, Generic OSes InfoWorld's Randall Kennedy takes an in-depth look at VMware Workstation 7, VirtualBox 3.1, and Parallels Desktop 4, three technologies at the heart of 'the biggest shake-up for desktop virtualization in years.' The shake-up, which sees Microsoft's once promising Virtual PC off in the Windows 7 XP Mode weeds, has put VirtualBox -- among the best free open source software available for Windows -- out front as a general-purpose VM, filling the void left by VMware's move to make Workstation more appealing to developers and admins. Meanwhile, Parallels finally offers a Desktop for Windows on par with its Mac product, as well as Workstation 4 Extreme, which delivers near native performance for graphics, disk, and network I/O.
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RE[2]: I've given up on Parallels
by 3rdalbum on Thu 17th Dec 2009 04:42 UTC in reply to "RE: I've given up on Parallels"
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"Every kernel update would break it, and eventually they stopped breaking it. THis was even though Canonical sold it in their store!!

Another example of why Linux' total disregard for stable interfaces is bad for users and vendors

DKMS. You don't need a stable interface.

The article kept going on and on about how Virtualbox is free - but the open-source edition doesn't have all the bells and whistles, and the proprietary edition is NOT free if you're using it in enterprise. The article was about enterprise.

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boldingd Member since:

I've never gotten DKMS to actually work -- or save me effort against just re-building all the closed-source drivers I use by hand. Actually, looking back at it, it was probably more effort to use DKMS with ATI's binary driver on Debian 4 when I tried that a few years ago then it is to just re-run the installer every time the the kernel gets updated on the RHEL4 machine I'm using at work now. Which is sad.

Edit: and, if I recall correctly, the Open Source edition isn't missing anything that you'd care deeply about. The main thing I can think of off the top of my head is that the Open Source edition doesn't include utilization of the host's USB sub-system on the guest. That's probably not a big deal, in an enterprise environment; I use VirtualBox at work, and I've only ever used that feature once, to try to mount my iPhone on my Windows gues: it didn't work, and I haven't bothered with it since.

Edited 2009-12-17 19:08 UTC

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aaronb Member since:

With Nvidia and ATI drivers installed using the Ubuntu's 'Hardware Drivers' tool, DKMS works without issue.

With ATI driver install, DKMS did not re-compile the driver automatically, I had the run the installer again.

Next week I may provide ATI with feedback on their driver with regards to DKMS and wine support.

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